Excerpt: I'm sorry, but you won't get an expert opinion of the many characteristics of the E-PL5 from me. I purchased this camera because it was a recommendation on a youtube video by a person using it to create models with the Autodesk 123D Catch software, which is what I will be using it for. The first thing I noticed, however, is that I can use this camera for anything that I've ever needed to do. To me, a camera is for acurately capturing images of the people in my life.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Battery Life, Good in Low Light, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD
Excerpt: I purchased this camera after significant research, and I wanted a camera that is smaller than my Nikon DSLR. This camera is perfect to bring to the park, or in your purse when you don't have enough room for a DSLR camera. I love the design of the camera, the vintage look makes it seem like an accessory as well as a great camera. I do receive plenty of compliments of the looks of the camera.
Pros: Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Nice pictures but separate flash and clunky design
Becky (NOLA) "Becky", Amazon
15 February 2015
Summary: The camera came with a damaged sd card. I tried several I know were working. It would take two or three pictures then I would get the error message. I considered getting another one, but I didn't care for several things about this camera. I wanted basically a high end point and shoot as opposed to a DSLR, but even on automatic I had to adjust the color balance. I also didn't care for the flash being separate, it sort of again adds extra work.
Outstanding Engineering and Quality, Typically Poor Usability and Documentation
Commander Schlock "Science Officer", Amazon
7 February 2015
Summary: This is my first serious camera in quite a while. First, I am quite happy but I reserve 5 stars from perfection. I am pretty certain that this camera is tops in the price range and I am super happy with the image quality and build, but there are a few things that annoy me. Usability and the manual have a lot to be desired and represent an approach from the 90s - confusing, excessive clicks and navigation and not in line with good design and usability we come to expect...
Summary: The picture quality that this camera produces exceeds my expectations, even with the kit lens. The camera body is small but still easy to hold and steady and feels to be made of high quality. It's light weight and easy to carry around, especially when using a compact lens. The micro 4/3 lens selection is pretty good and the cost of the lenses is significantly less than equivalent DSLRs. I'm very, very happy with this camera, especially considering the price.
Great little camera if you don't mind the multifunction control dial
11 December 2014
Summary: This compact M4/3 camera is capable of producing outstanding photos - as good as any shot by the Olympus OM-D series of cameras. The only reason I don't give it five stars is that the handling is not ideal for me. The control dial (with integrated buttons) on the back of the E-PL5 combines several controls in one input mechanism. Setting aperture and exposure compensation can be tricky, and I found myself often accidentally pressing the wrong part of the controller.
Best Value for the money in micro four thirds system
Michael S. Klusek, Amazon
10 December 2014
Summary: Bought this in September. I did a lot of research (engineer by training) and this camera had the best combination of image quality, very good lens selection, and features for the money. I knew the tradeoffs going in. I would definitely like another top dial for EV adjustment. Using the dial wheel on back is not efficient. If I paid double for the body I could have gone for the OMD-M10. So if you have the money go that route.